Scam Of The Week: Red Bull Money Mule Victims

From Cyberheist News

A cunning money laundering scam that is currently back on the rise. This lure was first used during spring break in 2014 and apparently successful because it’s back.

It’s an email claiming to be from Red Bull and offers offers to place Red Bull ads on the victim’s car for 600 bucks a week. It all sounds innocent enough; wrap your car with advertising and make money driving around town. There is a nasty catch though.

The scam email explains the benefits of the “business offer” and promises easy money that basically will pay for the whole car, gas money included. However, if you sign up for it, this deal backfires and the victim is investigated for money laundering fraud.

How This Scam Works

The first payment that arrives is much larger than originally agreed upon. The criminals apologize for the “error” and would the victim please quickly deduct their own fee and wire the rest of the money back to them.

However it’s either a forged or stolen check the victim received in the first place, or it’s a fraudulent wire transfer from an account that was criminally taken over. In both cases the victim is left holding the bag when the cops come knocking on their door. All initial evidence of the fraud will point to them.

What To Do About It

“A new job scam is doing the rounds, preying on people that want to make $600 a week with Red Bull advertising on their car. It sounds like a great deal, but this scam is run by criminals that will try to use their victims for money laundering. If you get an email claiming to be from Red Bull and offers you an attractive advertising deal, use that delete key. In general, be very careful with any Internet “work from home” schemes, many of these are fraudulent. Do not give out any personal information to these criminals and warn your family members.”

Here is an example of the scam email at the KnowBe4 Blog:


About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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